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Tulare Dust: A Songwriters' Tribute to Merle Haggard

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All Music Guide - Jeff Burger
If you've been paying any attention at all, you know Merle Haggard ranks among the best singers country music has ever produced. What you might not realize is that he's also one of the genre's finest songwriters. For evidence, just listen to this tribute album, which finds a motley crew of roots artists performing 15 of their favorite Haggard tunes. Despite the absence of many of his best-known songs, the package leaves little doubt that, as the liner notes put it, "Haggard may be the last of a breed of great country songwriters that began with Jimmie Rodgers, and continued through Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell." Every composition radiates with Haggard's honesty, eye for...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Burger
If you've been paying any attention at all, you know Merle Haggard ranks among the best singers country music has ever produced. What you might not realize is that he's also one of the genre's finest songwriters. For evidence, just listen to this tribute album, which finds a motley crew of roots artists performing 15 of their favorite Haggard tunes. Despite the absence of many of his best-known songs, the package leaves little doubt that, as the liner notes put it, "Haggard may be the last of a breed of great country songwriters that began with Jimmie Rodgers, and continued through Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell." Every composition radiates with Haggard's honesty, eye for detail, and strong point of view, and every track has the feel of a classic. The vast majority of the performances are as impressive as the songs. Tom Russell, who co-produced with Dave Alvin, delivers the package's most Haggard-like vocal on a beautifully handled medley of dust-bowl stories, "Tulare Dust/They're Tearin' the Labor Camps Down," while Alvin turns in a haunting "Kern River." Among the many other highlights: Iris DeMent's "Big City," which Haggard reportedly loved; Rosie Flores' interpretation of "My Own Kind of Hat," one of Haggard's many declarations of independence; Barrence Whitfield's version of "Irma Jackson," which addresses race relations via the tale of an interracial romance; Steve Young's affecting "Shopping for Dresses"; and the melancholy "I Can't Be Myself," where Katy Moffatt hits thrilling high notes. Nobody sings Haggard quite like Haggard, but these recordings are classics in their own right.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/1994
  • Label: Hightone Records
  • UPC: 012928805827
  • Catalog Number: 8058

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rosie Flores Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Dwight Yoakam Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Steve Young Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Iris DeMent Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Katy Moffatt Background Vocals, Track Performer
Tom Russell Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Dave Alvin Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Track Performer
Peter Case Harmonica, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Track Performer
Marshall Crenshaw Vocals, Multi Instruments, Track Performer
John Doe Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Joe Ely Vocals, Track Performer
Lucinda Williams Vocals, Track Performer
Amos Garrett Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jim Rooney Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Billy Joe Shaver Vocals, Track Performer
Hank Bones Bass, Upright Bass
James Cruce Drums
David Grissom Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Andrew Hardin Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Background Vocals
David Heath Bass, Vocals, Upright Bass
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Bass, Upright Bass
James Intveld Bass
Robert Earl Keen Jr. Vocals
Greg Leisz Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Guitar, Mandolin, Background Vocals
Lloyd Maines Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Steel Guitar, Vocals
Gurf Morlix Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Davis McLarty Percussion, Drums
Greg Morrow Percussion, Drums
Barry & Holly Tashian Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Steve VanGelder Fid
Barrence Whitfield Vocals, Track Performer
Allison Young Background Vocals
Glenn Fukunaga Bass, Drums
Smokey Hormel Steel Pan, Lap Steel Guitar
Eddy Shaver Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Joey Waronker Percussion
Barry Tashian Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Keith Christopher Bass, Background Vocals
Richard Bowden Fiddle
Technical Credits
Merle Haggard Composer
Dwight Yoakam Producer
Steve Young Producer
Tom Russell Producer, Executive Producer
Dave Alvin Producer, Executive Producer
John Doe Producer
Joe Ely Producer
Jim Rooney Producer
Billy Joe Shaver Producer
Hank Bones Engineer
Tim Coats Engineer
Paul DuGre Engineer
Michael Dumas Engineer
Little Johnny Fader Engineer
Lloyd Maines Producer
Gurf Morlix Producer
Eddy Shaver Producer, Contributor
Chris Bellman Mastering
Larry Jeffries Engineer
Travis Dickerson Engineer
Dave Mockford Engineer
Bob Totten Composer
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